Smoked Salmon from Staal Smokehouse in Long Riston has scooped a gold star from the Great Taste Awards judges, who described the fish as “buttery”, “velvety” and “beautifully translucent”.

Judges at the 2013 awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, whittled Staal’s smoked salmon down from more than 10,000 products to award it a gold star. Up to 405 judges spent 50 judging days from May through to July to find the winners. The judges said: “The smoked salmon has a subtle smoke that enhances rather than overwhelms the flavour. It’s got a nice buttery, velvety texture without being too soft. Beautifully translucent and well sliced.”

Justin Staal, who set up the business with wife Georgina twenty months ago, said he was delighted with the award and the comments.

“It’s really wonderful to have picked up a gold star for our smoked salmon after securing 2 gold stars for our smoked duck last year,” said Justin. “It’s a huge boost for a small business striving to produce quality products and makes all the long hours and hard work worthwhile.”

Indeed, it’s been a bumper year for Staal Smokehouse, with its smoked salmon nominated in this year’s Deliciouslyorkshire Awards, alongside its smoked trout, and two new products on the horizon: smoked haddock and smoked wild sea trout sourced from local Bridlington fishermen.